Unofficial Results Show Guam Delegate Retains Seat; 7 Incumbent Legislators Lose

Bordallo set for eight consecutive term

By Shawn Raymundo

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Nov. 9, 2016) – The unofficial results of Tuesday’s General Election, after all 67 precincts were counted, have Democratic Del. Madeleine Bordallo securing an eighth consecutive term in Congress, while the Guam Legislature was shaken up, with seven incumbents possibly losing their seats.

Seven-term Democratic incumbent and five-time Speaker of the Legislature Judith Won Pat was in danger of losing her seat, in 20th place, along with fellow Democrat Sens. Nerissa Underwood and Rory Respicio.

Republican incumbent Sens. Vicente "Tony" Ada, Frank Blas Jr. and Brant McCreadie also were at risk of being voted out of office, with McCreadie near the bottom of the field of 30 candidates.

Sen. Frank Aguon Jr. was the top vote-getter, while his fellow Democratic incumbents Sen. Mike San Nicolas and Sen. Dennis Rodriguez Jr. followed close behind, along with first-time Democratic candidates Therese Terlaje and Telena Nelson.

Democrats were poised to retain their 9-6 majority in the next Legislature, and control of the committees. They needed to gain an extra seat to have a veto-proof supermajority.

Democrat Hilary Clinton was the island’s favorite candidate to become the next president of the United States, according to the results of Guam’s presidential straw poll. Guam’s voters preferred the former secretary of state over Republican Donald Trump, with 71 percent to about 25 percent. The official results of the national election are expected to be announced by Wednesday afternoon, local time.

Bordallo was on track to defeat Republican opponent, former Gov. Felix Camacho, with about 53 percent of the vote.

Public Auditor Doris Flores Brooks was on track to be re-elected for her fifth consecutive term as the head of the Office of Public Accountability, defeating first-time candidate Doreen Crisostomo, the Legislature’s former chief financial officer, according to the unofficial results.

With 61 percent of the vote, Brooks remains Guam’s one and only elected public auditor since the post became an elected position in the 2000 race. Crisostomo had nearly 39 percent of the votes counted.

In a close race for the Consolidated Commission on Utilities board, Joseph Duenas was on track to retain his seat, according to the unofficial results. Former Sen. Judith Guthertz won the other open seat on the board, with more votes than Eloy Hara.

With 85 percent voter approval, Superior Court of Guam Judge Vernon Perez will retain his position at the judiciary, the results show.

As for the Guam Education Board, Peter Alecxis Ada was the top vote-getter, but there were only six candidates for six available seats, on the board, which is a combination of elected and appointed board members.

Addressing election commissioners Tuesday night, Election Commission Executive Director Maria Pangelinan said, other than a pair of reported complaints, on Election Day, voting went smoothly. The GEC had received one complaint that the Inarajan precinct sign was misspelled. The other complaint was whether precinct officials were properly explaining the instructions for write-in votes.

Acknowledging that there could be more after everything is reconciled and tabulated, Pangelinan said there were 70 provisional ballots, which is much lower than the Primary Election. Most of the provisional ballots were because of voters not being registered to vote, while a few were the result of voters going to the wrong precinct, according to Pangelinan.

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